welcome to my site about Russia

Dave's Russia Page is back!
Originally established in 1999 at http://rossiya_david.tripod.com, unloved for many years - but now it's back: bigger, brighter, better than ever!

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UPDATED:
3 July 2013
THE RUSSIA HOUSE

I love this film! I have gathered together her various bits and pieces relating to this 1990 Cold War spy thriller: reviews, cast information, locations, script.

CHRIST THE SAVIOUR CATHEDRAL describes the rebuilding of the church that was destroyed in Stalin's time.

KRUSHCHEV'S GRAVE provides some background information on the construction of the tombstone in Novodevichy Convent.

MOSCOW SKYCRAPERS If you want to know all about those 7 wedding cake skyscrapers in Moscow, there is a of information and pictures here, there is also a page dedicated to each of the seven buildings

WORKER & COLLECTIVE FARM WOMAN

Refurbished and on a new plinth, this famous monument returns to its All Russia Exhibition home


ABOUT ME

 

My name is David Williams and I live in Washington in the North East of England. I became interested in Russia during the mid- eighties when I was learning about the Russian Revolution at school, although it wasn't until I visited the place that my interest became quite so serious.

 

In 1988, I went to Russia for the first time when it was still the Soviet Union and I have been back four times since then: 1989, 1993, 2002 and 2003. As I write this, I can't believe it's been so long since my last trip! Although all my trips have included Moscow I have also visited St Petersburg and the Golden Ring cities of Vladimir and Suzdal.

 

I use the pen name "Oblomov" on my blogs and on this site.

 

Oblomov (Russian: Обломов) is the best known novel by Russian writer Ivan Goncharov, first published in 1859. Oblomov is also the central character of the novel, often seen as the ultimate incarnation of the superfluous man, a symbolic character in 19th-century Russian literature

Oblomov's distinguishing characteristic is his slothful attitude towards life which, Oblomov raises this trait to an art form, conducting his little daily business apathetically from his bed. He is forever contemplating making grand plans for his estate, to arrest its decline, but he never gets around to formulating them, let alone implementing them.

 

The character was seen as an allegory for Russia's ills, and russian history since the novel was published has often been viewed as a struggle against Oblomovshinoi (oblomovism).

 

I have always loved this novel, it struck a chord with me, as I identified with some of Oblomov's character traits, and I have often viewed my own life as struggle against my own inner Oblomovshinoi.